Photo by Alexander Nguyen
Photo by Alexander Nguyen

A Culver City man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of raping a 15-year-old autistic girl who went missing last month.

Samuel Robert Duran Jr., 33, was booked on suspicion of multiple counts of rape and was held on $8 million bail, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

“At this time, detectives are still investigating the circumstances of how Duran and the victim met,” according to an LAPD statement.

The teen disappeared March 24 from her home in the 11200 block of Westminster Avenue in Mar Vista following an argument with her adoptive mother, and police had sought public help to find her. She was found on Monday, and several people were detained by LAPD investigators while an investigation was conducted.

The girl’s mother told NBC4 the break in the case came when her daughter was able to call her.

“She called, it was less than a minute phone call, saying, ‘Mommy help, mommy help,”‘ the mother told Channel 4. “And I was shocked. … I looked at the phone and there was a caller ID after it got disconnected, and it saved her life. She’s at home with me because of that.”

The woman, who adopted the girl and her 18-year-old sister eight years ago, said she is “angry” and “disgusted” at what happened to her daughter.

“I would like everyone crucified that lives in that house, that’s been in that house, because my daughter was there for 21 days, and don’t say that they didn’t know that she was there,” she told the station.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the LAPD Pacific Area Sexual Assault Unit at (310) 482-6313, or (877) LAPD-247.

City News Service

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